12 US marines among 76 killed in series of explosions near Kabul airport

 


 WASHINGTON (Web Desk/Web Desk) - a minimum of 76 people including 12 US Marines were killed during an ISIS bomb attack at the Kabul airport, that targeted US troops, foreigners, and Afghans trying to go away from the capital Kabul on Thursday.

Media reports quoting Afghan health officials said the amount of dead within the series of explosions was around 60, while the amount of injured was over 140. consistent with the US media the amount folks servicemen killed was around 10.


The count of U.S. troops believed to possess been killed in Thursday s Kabul blasts has increased to 12, consistent with U.S. officials citing initial information which will change.

Earlier a U.S. official told Reuters that a minimum of 10 American military members was believed killed within the explosions at a gate at the Kabul airport where us is mounting a huge evacuation and at a close-by hotel.

Video images uploaded to the web by an Afghan journalist showed a pile of bloodsoaked bodies on a street surrounded by debris. the person filming it had been wailing.
The explosion happened amid the crowds outside the airport who are massing in hope of escaping in an airlift which us says will end by Tuesday, following the swift capture of the country by the Taliban.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, but U.S. officials pointed the finger at Islamic State s Afghan affiliate, ISIS-Khorasan, which has emerged as enemies of both the West and of the Taliban.

Mohammad Tawfiq, a resident of the Yaka Toot area adjacent to the military section of the airport, told Reuters that a canal near the airport was crammed with the bodies of the dead and wounded.

A witness who gave his name as Jamshed said he had gone to the airport in the hope of getting a visa to succeed in us. "There was a really strong and powerful suicide attack, within the middle of the people. Many were killed, including Americans, many were killed and lots of injured," he said.

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said on Twitter: "We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the results of a posh attack that resulted during a number of U.S. and civilian casualties. we will also confirm a minimum of one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a brief distance from Abbey Gate."

Taliban official Suhail Shaheen said: "I confirm two explosions within the assembly of individuals within the area managed by U.S. forces have occurred. Initial reports say 13 persons are killed and 52 wounded.

"We strongly condemn this gruesome incident and can take every step to bring the culprits to justice."

The Taliban didn't identify the attackers, but a spokesman described them as "evil circles" who would be suppressed once the foreign troops leave.

Washington and its allies had been urging civilians to remain far away from the airport on Thursday, citing the threat of an Islamic State suicide attack.


TROOP WITHDRAWAL


Western countries have evacuated nearly 100,000 people, mostly Afghans who helped them, within the past 12 days. But they acknowledge that a lot of thousands more are going to be left behind following President Joe Biden s order to tug out all troops by Aug 31.


previous couple of days of the airlift will mostly be wont to withdraw the remaining troops, meaning the mass rescue of civilians might be in its final days or maybe hours. Canada and a few European countries have already shut their airlifts down.

Several U.S. officials said the blast seemed to be a suicide attack.

A Taliban official said its guards securing the airport were among the wounded.

"Our guards also are risking their lives at Kabul airport, they face a threat too from the Islamic State group," said a Taliban official, speaking on condition of anonymity before the reports of the blasts.



AIRLIFT ENDING


Allied countries that fought alongside U.S. forces for 20 years in Afghanistan are wrapping up their evacuations while publicly lamenting Washington s haste in coitus interruptus.


"We wish we could have stayed longer and rescued everyone," the acting chief of Canada s defence staff, General Wayne Eyre, told reporters, as Canada announced it could not continue its airlift, having pulled out 3,700 Canadians and Afghans.

Norway said it couldn't evacuate anyone else because the entrances to the airport were shut.

Biden ordered all troops out of Afghanistan by the top of the month to suits a withdrawal agreement with the Taliban negotiated by his predecessor Donald Trump. He spurned calls in the week from European allies for longer.

The abrupt collapse of the Western-backed government in Afghanistan caught U.S. officials all of sudden and risks reversing gains, especially within the rights of girls and girls, many of whom are getting to school and work, once forbidden under the Taliban.

Biden has defended the choice to go away, saying U.S. forces couldn't stay indefinitely. But his critics say the U.S. force, which once numbered quite 100,000, had been reduced in recent years to only a couple of thousand troops, not involved in fighting on the bottom and mainly confined to an air stationit had been a fraction of the dimensions of U.S. military contingents that have stayed in places like Korea for many years.

ISLAMIC STATE


Violence from Islamic State creates a headache for the Taliban who have promised that their victory will bring peace to Afghanistan eventually. Fighters claiming allegiance to the Islamic State began appearing in eastern Afghanistan at the top 



of 2014 and have established a reputation for extreme brutality.


Since the day before the Taliban swept into Kabul, us and its allies have mounted one among the most important air evacuations in history, bringing out about 95,700 people, including 13,400 on Wednesday, the White House said on Thursday.

The Taliban have encouraged Afghans to remain while saying those with permission to go away will still be allowed to try to do so once foreign troops leave and commercial flights resume.

The Taliban s 1996-2001 rule was marked by public executions and therefore the curtailment of basic freedoms. The group was overthrown 20 years ago by U.S.-led forces for hosting the al Qaeda militants who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on us. The Taliban have said they're going to respect human rights in line with shariah and can not allow terrorists to work from the country.




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